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Send a pitch email the right way

Don’t make this distribution mistake when pitching to the news media

 

PR and marketing departments get busy. They know they need to share their company’s news with the media but far too often, they simply get caught up in day-to-day tasks. When your PR and marketing departments get busy, then they can get lazy about distributing news to the media. Here’s a mistake your team may be making, why it’s a mistake, and the right way to handle it. 


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Topics: media relations, earned media, owned media

How to submit photos that the news media will use

Be a better resource for the media

 

As newsrooms continue to shrink, they rely more and more on their reporters to write for print and online as well as take their own photos and videos. With reporters doing more, newspapers also rely on PR professionals and a company’s PR and marketing department to submit stories – in an inverted pyramid style – and images for publication. 

 

Story ideas and submissions are relatively easy to provide to a media outlet. Many companies struggle with submitting photos that newspapers and magazines will and can use. Here are some tips that will help you and your team submit quality photos the media will use. 


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Topics: media relations, earned media, news media

How to navigate a TV Newsroom as a PR pro

Newsroom veteran shares the roles and how of getting a story on TV

 

Throughout my 20 years in TV and radio newsrooms, I’ve received many calls from PR professionals. It’s clear some don’t know their way around a newsroom. So let me provide you with a roadmap because there is no better way to get your story ignored than pitching it to the wrong contact.


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Topics: media relations, earned media, news media

The overlooked parts of a successful media pitch

These elements can make your pitch soar if used correctly

 

Pitching a story to the media is a key public relations component. It is almost a specialty onto its own, filled with various pitfalls that can make your pitches fall flat the moment you first start the pitch — that is, if you do them incorrectly.

 

Although many consider the content of a pitch when developing one, what gets overlooked is time and pitching. Both the time you make a pitch at and how long it takes to make your pitch are vital to a successful pitch. These two factors are some of the key ingredients that can make or break a pitch’s success. 

 

Use the three tips below to make sure you’re pitching at the right time and have the right length.


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Topics: media relations, news media

Pitching the media? Six things to consider

Pitches must be newsworthy and succinct for outlets to pick them up 

 

Whether it’s your first time pitching to the media, your 100th time, or your 5,000th time, you need to make sure there are things you consider and keep in mind. When you're getting ready to pitch to the media, you need to be clear on this: what's the actual story you're pitching? 


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Topics: media relations, earned media

What's the best solution for a U.S. news media contact database?

Public relations software is one of the many important tools for earning media coverage

 

Every week a prospective client, PR agency peer, or another PR professional asks us:
“what's the best solution for a U.S. news media contact database?”

 

It’s not an easy answer. It’s like asking “what’s the best automobile?” 

 

At Axia, we've tried them all. And the simple answer is each has their pros and cons.


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Topics: media relations, news media

Are commercial newswires effective for public relations?

Commercial newswire services charge companies to distribute their news. 

 

The big players in this space – at least in the U.S. – are Business Wire, Cision PR Newswire, Cision PR Web, GlobeNewswire, etc.

 

These are often confused with newswire services also known as news agencies.


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Topics: media relations, NewsBureau

9 Journalists-Approved Tips for Pitching to the Media

Sending a perfect media pitch can feel like a balancing act. Structure and timing are everything. To avoid becoming a mere drop in an ocean of emails, here are nine media pitching tips directly from journalists, according to PR software Muck Rack’s research.


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Topics: media relations, news media

Turn your pitches into stories to get journalists interested in them

Tell stories instead of just stating facts.

 

Imagine you’ve finally got a good pitch ready to send to the media. You’re well prepared, and now it’s time to get that phone call done. Despite hitting it off with the media contact, your contact ultimately declines to run the story. What happened? You did everything right; you had the main point and some facts to go with it to give context.


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Topics: media relations, news media

Use news briefs, not releases, when contacting the media for certain stories

When it comes time to give the breakdown of a story in writing, news releases are usually sent. Long and filled with information, they’re viewed as the best ways to get a story to the media. But are they really the best way? Your legal team and, most importantly, reporters don’t like them when they’re for medium or smaller stories. Reporters prefer having information to base their own writing off of instead of simply publishing a news release. If the people actually working with your news releases don’t like them, then what should you do?


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Topics: media relations, news release, non-profit, news media

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